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Tŷ Cerdd Management Board

Steph Power 002Steph Power, Tŷ Cerdd Chair
Tŷ Cerdd’s Chair, Steph Power, is a composer, writer and former guitarist and percussionist. Steph’s life and work have been embedded in Wales for almost 25 years: she is a contributing editor to Wales Arts Review, and a critic for the Independent among other publications. Her music is mostly chamber in scale, with 2017 having seen a new trio premiered at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival. Passionate about outreach and education, Steph has conducted and participated in many composition and songwriting workshops, including with ensembles such as Gemini, Icebreaker and Jane's Minstrels, and she enjoys working with young people as an examiner for Trinity College, London. She understands well the importance of grass-roots community music-making as well as the need to promote excellence on international platforms.

Entering her role, Steph said: "I’m so honoured to have been appointed to the role of Tŷ Cerdd Chair, and am excited to be able to help steer the organisation as it develops its work supporting composers and performers at all levels, and in helping communities to connect with the music of Wales."

Gillian GreenGillian Green, Tŷ Cerdd Vice-Chair
Gillian is from Criccieth in North Wales and was one of the first music students to attend Chetham’s School of Music. She furthered her studies at Cardiff University studying harp with Elinor Bennett, Ann Griffiths and Aileen MacArdle. She was a harp tutor for the Mid Glamorgan Authority for many years and in 1988 was awarded a grant from the Welsh Arts Council to study Arts Management at City University, London. In 1990, she was appointed Director of Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now in Wales, retiring last year after organizing more than 5000 performances for the organization. In 2002 she became the first Director of Auditions for LMN UK and continues with this post.

Gillian was Artistic Director of Criccieth Festival from 2003 – 2007, Vice Chairman of Arpa Viva Cymru in 2007, and is currently Joint Artistic Director of Fishguard International Music Festival with Peter Donohoe. She is a Trustee and Adjudicator of the Kenneth Loveland Gift and in December 2012 she was appointed as the Honorary Area Representative for Wales of The Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain.

Gillian was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2015 and at the recent Wales Care Awards she received The Bryn Terfel Foundation Award for promoting the arts in social care.

Rhys Lloyd Thomas

Rhys Lloyd Thomas
Rhys Lloyd Thomas was born in Rhuthun in North Wales. He attended Ysgol Uwchradd Glan Clwyd, University College Cardiff and Chester Law School. He is a Solicitor and the proprietor of Emeritus Legal, Solicitors, based in Llandaff, Cardiff.

He is a keen supporter of the Arts in Wales and has been a house tutor on numerous courses with the National Youth Choir of Wales. He is currently the Treasurer of the Friends of the National Youth Choir of Wales and assisted the committee in organising the 30th anniversary celebratory dinner in order to raise funds for the choir.

He is married to Iona Jones (Soprano) and Chair of the National Youth Choir of Wales. He lives in Llandaff and enjoys following various sports, cooking and the occasional glass of red wine!

John Hywel Morris 2 compressed

John Hywel Morris
John has worked for PRS for Music for 21 years. He has long experience of both the Welsh and London music industry. Currently the Senior Membership Development Manager for Wales, he serves all Welsh PRS and MCPS composers, publishers and authors. Before his membership role he worked across several different areas ranging from repertoire and copyright to all aspects of licensing. He initiated the first joint licensing of MCPS and PPL repertoire and was instrumental in devising the blanket licensing of repertoire used by independent production companies for S4C, which is in place to this day. He set up the Welsh copyright group of music publishers which discussed issues concerning the licensing of predominantly Welsh language repertoire on S4C. He also devised the instrument file (over 1,000 instruments listed) which is still used in part by MCPS.

Having moved back to Wales from London in 2013, his current role for PRS for Music involves dealing with Welsh membership issues on behalf of composers and publishers, hosting PRSfM events, giving seminars at colleges and festivals, and meeting Welsh composers, publishers and key stakeholders across all genres on a regular basis.

Chris ParsonsChristopher Parsons
After graduating with a History degree from University of Warwick in 1983 Chris joined an accountancy practice. He qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1990 and ran his own practice on a self-employed basis for 12 years, selling this in 2008.

Chris joined Welsh National Opera’s finance section in 2012, achieving a long-term ambition of working in the Arts sector full-time. He co-ordinates applications to the Arts Council England and Arts Council Wales for core funding, pulling together information on achievements and future plans to ensure that WNO continues to present a strong case for funding.

Between 2009 and 2012 he worked in Principality Building Society’s business information team. This period coincided with a huge increase in the capabilities of organisations to access and use data, and team ensured that the available data could be imported, tested and maintained to enhance the decision-making processes of the Principality group. Chris has brought this new thinking around the potentials and pitfalls of data use to his role at WNO, and firmly believe that other arts organisations can benefit from better data in a similar way.

Between selling his business and joining Principality he worked for the front of house team at Wales Millennium Centre, broadening his knowledge of the Welsh arts environment

Chris has always had an interest in music and theatre, and performed with various amateur operatic societies in principal and chorus roles (and worked behind the scenes) for many years. Chris also sings with Cardiff Bach Choir.

Kay Walters bach

Kay Walters
Kay joins Tŷ Cerdd as a highly experienced HR executive with 20 years’ experience of working through the medium of Welsh and English. This includes experience of restructuring companies and she has a proven track record of using tact and diplomacy in order to negotiate and handle difficult situations. Presently Kay is Managing Director of Pobol Cyf an HR consultancy; she is chair of Artis (formerly RCT Community Arts) and she was a finalist in the Business Advisor of the Year Category, Arts & Business Cymru Awards 2012. From 2002 to 2012 Kay was Head of Human Resources for S4C. Her advice and support will be invaluable to the company and its membership.

Suzanne Hay Suzanne Hay bach
Suzanne Hay is almost next door to Tŷ Cerdd in the Wales Millennium Centre in her role directing the education and community outreach programme of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She has established a reputation for delivering high quality multi-media work and has taken the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to new audiences and disadvantaged communities across Wales. Suzanne was awarded the Arts Council of Wales Fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme 2010-2011. During this time she worked with the Barbican Centre in London developing key recommendations for the centre’s new digital strategy. As part of her Fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme she also travelled to the United States to meet key world leaders in the arts from venues, radio stations, orchestras and public relations. Her role in supporting our education and outreach programme, together with her broadcasting experience, will help us develop our work with young people all over Wales.

Gemma Durham bachGemma Durham
Gemma is Retail E-Marketing Manager at S A Brains & Co. Ltd.
She is a graduate of Aberystwyth University with a degree in Maths & Drama. Her career began in the arts and in marketing, working for National Dance Company Wales. Following this she spent time at Theatr Harlech and Aberystwyth Arts Centre working closely with the Directors to develop web-site content and function. She currently work for Brains as Digital Marketing Manager where her responsibilities include e-marketing, website and database management, social media, data analysis and customer loyalty. As Tŷ Cerdd seeks to develop its on-line resources Gemma’s advice and support will be invaluable.

Sara BeerSara Beer
Sara Beer has been working with Disability Arts Cymru since 2007 as part-time development manager with specific interest in performing arts. As well as co-ordinating the Unusual Stage School she also supports disabled artists and offers information and advice. Previously, and as an actor Sara, worked with companies such as Hijinx, Theatr Iolo and Graeae. She was drama officer with Valley and Vale Community Arts in the early 1990’s where she co-directed two large community plays and during the Cultural Olympiad she was seconded to National Theatre Wales to work on the Unlimited project In water I’m weightless. Sara was a member of St.David’s Cathedral Choir for many years and now when time allows enjoys encaustic painting and photography. Sara’s wide experience and success with performers all over Wales will help Tŷ Cerdd reach the widest possible audiences.

Graham HoweGraham Howe
Graham has spent the first part of his career as a Mechanical Engineer in the Automotive industry. Leading project teams in the design, development and manufacture of products across the globe. He's a graduate of Swansea University, having studied an MBA, competing his postgraduate studies there in July 2011.

Now lecturing Manufacturing Engineering at University of Wales, Trinity St David, his responsibilities include the development of new engineering programmes and teaching both full-time and part-time students.

For the last 4 years, Graham has been the Chairman of Burry Port Town Band, lead the formation of the Junior and Youth Band ensembles and focused efforts on growing audience numbers and participation through their Patronage scheme. With a strong ethos in Youth development, Graham was part of the team that has introduced and leads the successful annual West Wales Solo & Ensemble Day. Recently, the team have been putting together Rhythmania! a collaborative venture between Burry Port Town Band and local Music Services to aid the development of percussionists in the Carmarthenshire area.